Diospyros sylvatica Roxb., Pl. Coromandel 1: 38 1795. ?;
Dioecious trees, to 18 m high, bark 3 mm thick, dull grey to black, thin; blaze yellow; branchlets puberulous. Leaves simple, alternate, estipulate; petiole 5-10 mm long, slender, glabrous; lamina 5-15 x 2-5 cm, elliptic, ovate, elliptic-oblong or elliptic-obovate, base acute or cuneate, apex acute, acuminate or obtusely acuminate, margin entire, glabrous, shining, membranous; lateral nerves 5-8 pairs, pinnate, obscure, intercostae reticulate, obscure. Flowers unisexual, white; male flowers: 6-10 in axillary cymes, 6 mm across; peduncle 5 mm long, puberulous; calyx 3 mm long, campanulate; lobes 4, ovate, acute, pubescent outside; corolla 6 mm long, campanulate, lobes 4, triangular, obtuse; stamens about 24; filaments in unequal pairs, ciliate at apex; female flowers; solitary or 3 together, 8-10 mm across; calyx much longer than in male, lobes ovate-oblong, acute; corolla campanulate; lobes triangular, obtuse; staminodes 4, inserted on the corolla and alternate with its lobes; ovary superior, globose, pubescent, 6-8-celled, 1-ovule in each cell; style 3-4, free, glabrous, bilobed with fringed margins. Fruit a berry, 16-18 mm across, globose, dark green, fruiting calyx enlarged, flat, foliaceous, spreading; seeds 2-8, oblong, rugose, shining, albumen ruminate.
Flowering and fruiting: March-April
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
Fwd: [efloraofindia:177943] ID please RF 4 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
A tree of Thane District called Malya
Resembling Hydnocarpus… but need more details.
In several places in this area the locals call Diospyros sylvatica as Malya
It seems to be Diospyros sylvatica Roxb. However it is not possible to confirm without flowers and fruits.
Please http://indiabiodiversity.org/species/show/10854, where the photo of leaves matches with the images attached to this message.